Associate Members of the Canadian Packaged Ice Association
History of the Canadian Ice Association
James Fairhead founded the Springwater Ice Company in 1876 to cut ice from Lake Simcoe because the water was so clean and pure. The name of his company was changed in 1894 to the Lake Simcoe Ice and Fuel Company.
Belle Ewart Ice Company was founded in 1891 by Elias Chapman and was bought by Lake Simcoe Ice in 1906. Knickerbocker Ice was founded in 1894 by Willliam Burns and bought by Lake Simcoe Ice in 1914. These companies all cut ice from Lake Simcoe following the success of James Fairhead.
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Ice...(is still) the Forgotten Food
Every food code in Canada and the U.S. defines ice as a food yet there is little oversight over packaged ice.
As a food product, packaged ice is not only important for consumers maintaining today’s active lifestyle and health, but also critical for food processing and emergency relief operations. Ice...the Forgotten Food is a slogan borrowed from the International Packaged Ice Association (IPIA). The IPIA has used this slogan for many years in an attempt to draw the attention of all government officials, both Canadian and U.S., and to develop legislation that creates food safety standards for the packaged ice industry.
The IPIA, founded in 1917, is an association of over 400 packaged ice manufactures and distributors with locations in North America that serves all provinces in Canada and states in the US. In Canada, the Canadian Association of Ice Industries (CAII), a chapter of the IPIA, has taken steps to advance packaged ice safety.
In the fall of 2002, the CAII was approached by the Canadian Food Inspection Agency (CFIA) to fund the writing of a Hazard Analysis Critical Control Points (HACCP) food safety program for the packaged ice industry. Our journey started in the spring of 2003 after funding was approved. We assembled a team of industry members, HACCP experts, and water experts.
We met in Kingston, Ontario six times a year for the next two years and discussed the many food safety aspects of processing and producing packaged ice including water quality, the freezing process, the packaging, the warehousing and the distribution of the end product. The finished document was approved for implementation in the spring of 2005 at a meeting in Ottawa.